Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury late in the U.S. national team's intrasquad scrimmage Friday night. George leaped to contest a fast-break layup by James Harden with 9:33 left in the fourth quarter and his leg smashed against the bottom of the backboard stanchion and crumpled. Trainers immediately ran onto the floor and after roughly 10 minutes of stoppage, George was taken out of the arena on a stretcher. With players looking visibly upset, coach Mike Krzyzewski then announced to the crowd that the scrimmage would not be finished out of respect to George and his family.
The PGA Tour rebutted a published report Friday that Dustin Johnson has been suspended for failing a drug test. Johnson said in a vague statement issued by his management company that he would take a leave of absence effective immediately to seek professional help for ''personal challenges.'' The announcement Thursday brought an abrupt end to his PGA Tour season, knocking him out of the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup. ''With regards to media reports that Dustin Johnson has been suspended by the PGA Tour, this is to clarify that Mr. Johnson has taken a voluntary leave of absence and is not under a suspension from the PGA Tour,'' the tour's statement said. On Thursday, after Johnson announced his leave of absence, the only statement from the tour was that it had ''nothing to add'' and that it wished him well and looked forward to his return.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended himself Friday against criticism that he was too lenient in suspending Ray Rice two games for his ''horrible mistake.'' ''We just can't make up the discipline,'' Goodell said. Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey and John Jerry were all implicated in the episode, which prompted tackle Jonathan Martin to quit the team.
Tony Parker is by far the youngest of the San Antonio Spurs' Big Three, a fact that could have complicated things going forward as Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili get closer to retirement. As they are wont to do, the Spurs made things real easy. The Spurs signed Parker to a multi-year contract extension on Friday, ensuring that the six-time All-Star point guard will be in the fold whether Duncan and Ginobili are able to continue their careers or not. The Spurs did not disclose the deal, but Yahoo! Sports first reported that it was a three-year extension worth $43.3 million that will kick in in 2015.
Josh Gordon's fight to stay on the field isn't over. Gordon spent 10 hours in the NFL's offices in New York on Friday for his appeal hearing before the sides decided to stop and will resume on Monday, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press. It's not known if Gordon will return to training camp with the Browns over the weekend. While Gordon was in Manhattan, Commissioner Roger Goodell was at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, where he defended the league's recent two-game suspension of Baltimore running back Ray Rice for domestic violence and commented briefly on Gordon's situation.
Sergio Garcia doesn't know anything about being in a zone. Garcia one-putted the final 11 holes and made birdies on his last seven holes Friday in the Bridgestone Invitational to tie the course record at Firestone with a 9-under 61 and take a three-shot lead into the weekend. Garcia shot 27 on the back nine, a course record. It matched the tournament record held by Tiger Woods, who shot 61 in 2000 and 2013, and Jose Maria Olazabal, who shot his 61 in 1990.
Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and cornerback Jonathon Mincy won't start in the Tigers' opener against Arkansas, while starting guard Alex Kozan is out for the season. Coach Gus Malzahn made those announcements Friday after the defending Southeastern Conference champions finished their first practice of preseason camp. He didn't say how long Marshall or Mincy will remain on the bench against the Razorbacks on Aug. 30. ''I've decided that they will not start Game 1 as part of their punishment,'' Malzahn said.
Aramis Ramirez knows he's not supposed to have success like this against Adam Wainwright. ''I don't have an explanation for it,'' the Milwaukee Brewers cleanup man said after setting the tone with a home run and RBI double off the St. Louis Cardinals' ace in a 7-4 victory Friday night. ''I don't know, for some reason I get good swings and good pitches to hit.'' Ramirez has three homers, eight doubles and eight RBIs to go with a .415 average against Wainwright, the best in the majors against the right-hander. The homer was the first Wainwright has ever allowed on a 3-0 count.
The famed hardwood court at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion will be replaced because of damage caused when 20 million gallons of water cascaded onto campus from a broken water main, the school announced Friday. Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said in a statement that the entire floor at Pauley will be replaced by the end of October, and no regular season basketball games would be affected. Pauley Pavilion underwent a $136 million upgrade just two years ago. New flooring also will be installed at the Hall of Fame at the J.D. Morgan Center and at a court in the John Wooden Center that is used for women's volleyball games, Guerrero said.
The Kansas City Chiefs received good news on the injury to All-Pro safety Eric Berry. Berry, who left Thursday's training camp practice with what the team said was a sore ankle, has a right heel injury according to team spokesman Ted Crews. The news, however, isn't as good surrounding second-year defensive back Sanders Commings. ''He had very similar to a high ankle sprain, but to the extreme where he needed surgery to repair that high ankle sprain,'' Chiefs head athletic training Rick Burkholder said.
(NewsUSA) - Named after a small town in her home state of Idaho, Picabo Street gained fame as an Olympic gold medalist and World Cup ski champion. But her career might've literally gone downhill had she not turned to chiropractic care.
"Chiropractic has been a life saver for me," says Street. "I can say that [without it] I do not think that I would be able to ski today, recreationally or otherwise."
Street won a gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics. Later that year, she slammed into a fence
(NewsUSA) - Ask TV's Linda Cohn to list what's surprised her most in her 22 years as one of the most successful female sports anchors around, and one thing immediately jumps out at you. That's because it has nothing to do with, say, scandals -- and she's certainly covered her share -- and everything to do with chiropractic care.
Specifically, how many professional athletes attribute their success to it.
"Chiropractic care is a remarkable approach to health care that helps to keep you healthy a
(NewsUSA) - Feeling like you haven't had this much trouble making a decision since Leno and Letterman first went head-to-head?
That's okay, the debut of the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles -- conveniently just in time for the holidays -- means countless people just like you are also debating which to buy for the very psyched gamers in their families. Both represent a big leap in graphics, speed and intelligent personalization. Both have tons of games sure to please.
That said, a Forbe
(NewsUSA) - It turns out that cheerleaders and football players have something in common you might not have guessed: concussions.
According to a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics that found cheerleading to be by far the most dangerous activity for female athletes -- accounting for 66 percent of their catastrophic sport injuries -- more than a third of girls who suffer a concussion don't even recognize the symptoms well enough to report it.
The research comes on the heels of numerous news
(NewsUSA) - Football season is here, and baseball playoffs are just around the corner, which means it is also time to get your entertainment area in shape for family and guests. Whether your TV is in your family room or a dedicated media room, it takes more than just a big screen to get the most enjoyment out of your viewing experience.
According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), good lighting can significantly enhance movies and sports watching, while poor lighting can be a distract
(NewsUSA) - Imagine an earless creature that can carry 20 times its body weight living with thousands of seemingly identical clones that will fight to the death when challenged. While this image could be taken right from a science-fiction thriller, it also depicts America's number one nuisance pest ? the ant!
According to a recent survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Dr. Lauren Hansen of Spokane Falls Community College and Washington State University, ant i
(NewsUSA) - Turning leaves and cooler weather are sure signs that fall is here, but for homeowners in a number of states across the country, stink bugs are quickly becoming another sign of the changing seasons. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says we are likely to start seeing these smelly pests hanging on curtains, lampshades, screens and other objects inside homes in the coming months.
The brown marmorated stink bug, native to Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea, was first di
(NewsUSA) - Over the span of his career, defensive back and two-time Super Bowl champion Mark Collins has experienced more than his fair share of unnecessary roughness.
"I played defensive back for the New York Giants from 1986 to 1997, with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks," Collins says. "Played 13 great years, had a lot of hits.
"Gave a lot of hits and took some hits, too, and I can tell you it has wear and tear on your body."
After all those years o
(NewsUSA) - By the age of 4, Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce was already off and running.
In fact, from high school through her college years at U.C. Santa Barbara, she can't remember a time when she wasn't running. Now a professional marathoner for Adidas, the athlete and her husband, Ben, train year round, participating in U.S. track and road championships as well as marathons.
"I've competed in two Olympic track and field trials," she says, "and ran away with an eighth-place finish in the 2012
(NewsUSA) - U.S. Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin was born into a world of balance beams and dismounts.
"Both my parents were celebrated Olympic and world champion gymnasts in Russia," Liukin says. "They came to the U.S. and started coaching gymnastics when I was a baby.
"Because they couldn't afford a babysitter, I was always hanging around in the gym with them while they worked. I used to run around on the bars and mimic the other children and even copy and perform their floor routines at the s
(NewsUSA) - You'd think that with the thousands of weight-loss products and treatments on the market today, more than 140 million Americans age 20 and over wouldn't officially be considered overweight or obese. Wellness and fitness expert Shea Vaughn says there may be an overlooked solution that could provide help for those struggling with their weight.
"We know chiropractic care helps patients with many physical ailments," says Vaughn, "but it also represents a proactive approach in helping t
(NewsUSA) - If it wasn't for chiropractic care, basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman might not be the household name she is today.
In 1991, six years before she'd go on to make a splash in the inaugural season of the WNBA, a car accident threatened to end Lieberman's career.
"I was driving in Dallas, driving down 75 and Mockingbird Lane, and there was some road traffic or something,"she recalls. "All the cars in front of me came to a stop, but the driver behind me didn't."
The whiplash sh
(NewsUSA) - "The wall won."
That's how retired Chicago White Sox minor-leaguer Greg Shepard recalls the life-changing night in 2000 when he violently crashed into the left center field wall while trying to run down a fly ball.
Most people would've done exactly what his then-wife implored -- rush to an emergency room -- when he woke up the next morning basically paralyzed. "I couldn't lift my body out of bed, turn my head, or move my right arm," he says. But not Shepard.
"I told her, 'Open the
(NewsUSA) - For camping enthusiasts, the summer months provide endless opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Children and adults alike unplug and unwind to enjoy backpacking, hiking and evenings under the stars. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds those who will spend more time partaking in open-air adventures to add insect repellent, hats and protective clothing to the packing list.
"Camping is a wonderful summer pastime," noted Missy Henriksen, vice pres
(NewsUSA) - Summer may have just begun, but mosquitoes are already out in full force in many parts of the country. In fact, several cases of West Nile Virus (WNV), which can be carried by infected mosquitoes, have already been reported. With the early start of WNV, compounded by the fact that 2012 was the deadliest year on record for the illness according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), precaution is the name of the game this summer.
To help the public safeguard thems
(NewsUSA) - People today have not only a plethora of choices when it comes to playing video games, but also an inordinate amount of ways to play them.
According to research done last year by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade association that represents the U.S. video game industry, more Americans than ever are playing games on smart phones, tablets, and handheld devices and are changing the way they enjoy their games.
To meet this need, retailers, indie game developers an